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Maxxi-Point Sweeps Versus The Competition

See how the Maxxi-Point held up against the competition

Recently we had a customer run a side-by-side comparison of the 7” Case IH Maxxi-Point sweep versus the competitions 7” sweep. Both of these sweeps were run for 800 acres in the customer’s field.

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Pictured side-by-side are the competition’s sweep (right) with the Case IH Maxxi-Point sweep

As we look closer at this sweep we can see that the point/tip has completely worn off while our sweep has its point still intact. This is because the Maxxi-Point sweep has an extended nose and half inch wear point.

The next important thing we can see is the thickness of each sweep. The competitor’s sweep has started to thin out and most likely will need to be replaced sooner than the Maxxi-Point, which has maintained it’s thickness. This is because the Maxxi-Point sweeps are manufactured with Earth Metal, which gives them a longer lifespan.

The Case IH Maxxi-Point sweeps come in a 7”, 9” & 10” option and are designed to several brands of field cultivators. Contact your local Birkey’s parts department to see if they will fit yours.

 

By : Phil Stewart /March 16, 2017 /Agriculture, Case IH, Tech Tip /0 Comment Read More

AFS AccuTurn From Case IH

AFS AccuTurn

Hands-free End-of-row Turning With

AFS AccuTurn

Starting at: $1,200

New for 2017 AFS AccuTurn adds hands-free end of row turning for AFS AccuGuide equipped Steiger, Magnum, Optum, Puma, and Maxxum tractors. Hands-free means repeatable speed compensated turns, a square approach to every pass, increased efficiency in the headlands, and reduced operator fatigue. A perfect fit for tillage, application, and planting operations AFS AccuTurn brings high-efficiency farming to every field.

  • Repeatable speed compensated turns
  • Square approach to every pass
  • Increased headland efficiency
  • Reduced operator fatigue

Contact your local Birkey’s Precision Farming Specialist for more details.

By : Phil Stewart /February 27, 2017 /Agriculture, Case IH /0 Comment Read More

Review: InCommand 1200 Monitor

Ag Leader’s InCommand 1200

Introduced in late 2015 the InCommand 1200 is Ag Leader’s current flagship display, replacing the Integra. The InCommand 1200 continues the Integra’s legacies of advanced planter control, high-accuracy yield monitoring, precise application control, best-in-class guidance and steering, simple and accurate tile plow operation, and effective data management while adding new capabilities and features. Designed to maximize information availability and decision making the InCommand 1200 features a two-window split screen. Implement information, Universal Terminal ISO screens, and as-applied maps can be viewed and compared side-by-side immediately, on-the-go, in the cab. Continuing the emphasis on data and decision making, the InCommand 1200 has built-in wifi for use with Ag Leader’s AgFiniti Mobile iPad app meaning maps can quickly be taken with you from the field and viewed anywhere at any time. The InCommand 1200 is also designed to provide maximum benefits from Ag Leader’s next generation products including:
InCommand 1200

  • Advanced Seed Monitoring
  • SureDrive Electric Planter Drives
  • Row-by-Row Hydraulic Downforce
  • SteerCommand Automated Steering
  • OnTrac 3 Assisted Steering
  • ISOBUS Liquid Product Control
  • Intellislope Tile Plow Control

What product should we review next?

Comment below with what product you’d like our team to review and we will work on it.

To learn more about how the InCommand 1200 can put you In Command of your operation or to learn about options call your local Birkey’s Precision Farming Specialist.

By : Phil Stewart /January 16, 2017 /Agriculture, Birkey's, Precision Farming /0 Comment Read More

Birkeys.com through the Years

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Birkey’s Celebrates 20 Years on the Web

Twenty years ago, Birkey’s launched the first iteration of www.birkeys.com. As the brand and equipment have grown, so has birkeys.com. Take a look at these screenshots through the years to see the transformation of our website.

Over time as the business has grown, the need for an online presence in the used equipment market has become very evident. Our team here at Birkey’s has always worked hard to stay one step ahead of the curve by keeping our eyes and ears open. We hear great feedback from our stores on features they’d like to see to help you know what they offer, but also from customers over the years.

Today, birkeys.com accounts for a significant percentage of our used equipment sales and we are constantly striving to make it your one-stop shop for browsing and viewing our vast inventory. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled as our next rendition of the website will be launched soon.

Fun facts about our website:

  • Birkey’s had 8 locations when we launched the website.
  • 8 million individual page views since we started tracking in late 2009.
  • Our most popular single page: www.birkeys.com/weather
  • Tuesday, September 9, 2014, is the single most visited day with almost 3,000 visits.
  • Birkey’s email newsletter accounts for 21% of all traffic on the website. Sign up today!
By : Phil Stewart /December 13, 2016 /About Us, Agriculture, Articles, Birkey's, Case IH, Illinois, Indiana, Recent News /0 Comment Read More

Case IH Tiger Points

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Lift. Twist. Roll:

Kill Compaction—One Tiger Point At A Time.

A leading factor in crop-yield reduction is soil compaction, but most points do little to alleviate it. Case IH Tiger Points are different—and it’s all about the lift, twist and roll:

  1. LIFT. The tip starts the fracturing by lifting the compacted soil.
  2. TWIST. The front area of the wing starts the twisting action, which relocates soil layers and prevents immediate re-compaction.
  3. ROLL. The back of the wings and the shank finish the job by rolling the soil to incorporate fertilizer and residue.

Compaction restricts water and root infiltration and makes soil vulnerable to drying out, ponding and erosion. Healthy soil acts like a sponge, allowing excess rain to drain through, and letting roots absorb deep-down moisture during dry periods. The 23-degree, downward- rearward- and outward-swept wings of Tiger Points do more than just cut a slot in the compaction layer: In both wet and dry conditions, their turbulent lifting and twisting action below the soil surface aggressively fractures compaction for maximum air and water penetration and minimal runoff.

By : Phil Stewart /September 19, 2016 /Agriculture, Birkey's, Case IH /0 Comment Read More

Tech Tip: Nudge the guidance line in a combine

Precision Farming Basics:

Nudging the guidance line in a Case IH combine using the multi-function handle.

In this video, Jeff Stiers, one of Birkey’s Precision Farming specialists, demonstrates how to nudge the guidance line in a Case IH combine using the multi-function handle.

For more information, contact the Precision Farming Specialist at any of Birkey’s locations.

By : Phil Stewart /August 15, 2016 /Agriculture, Birkey's, Case IH, Tech Tip, Tech Tips /0 Comment Read More

Tech Tip: Engaging AccuGuide in Case IH combines

Precision Farming Basics:

Engaging AccuGuide in Case IH combines using the multi-function handle.

In this video, Jeff Stiers, one of Birkey’s Precision Farming specialists, demonstrates how to engage AccuGuide in Case IH midrange and flagship combines using the multi-function handle.

For more information, contact the Precision Farming Specialist at any of Birkey’s locations.

Midrange and early Flagship Combines:

Click the shift button on the back of the handle 2 times.

Common Cab Combines:

Click the Auto Guidance engage button on the front face of the handle.

 

By : Phil Stewart /August 09, 2016 /Agriculture, Birkey's, Case IH, Tech Tip, Tech Tips /0 Comment Read More

Birkey’s Farm Store to Acquire Farm Pride Equipment

CHAMPAIGN, IL — Birkey’s Farm Store, Inc., a full-line Case IH and Case Construction dealer, is proud to announce the execution of an agreement to acquire the Farm Pride network of equipment dealerships located in Arthur, Shelbyville, Casey, Newton, and Mattoon, Illinois. The acquisition is expected to close in mid-August.

“This is a great opportunity for Birkey’s to expand our dealership operations into contiguous territory directly south of our existing footprint. We look forward to developing relationships and serving the needs of customers in the Farm Pride territory with the same high level of service that our customers have come to expect from us over the last 62 years,” said Birkey’s president and CEO Mike Hedge.

About Birkey’s Farm Store, Inc.

Birkey’s Farm Store, Inc., founded in 1954, is headquartered in Champaign, Illinois. The company owns and operates a network of full-service Case IH agricultural and Case construction equipment stores throughout Illinois and western Indiana. The Birkey’s network serves the Illinois communities of Annawan, Bloomington, Galesburg, Gibson City, Henry, Hoopeston, Macomb, Mattoon, Oakland, Polo, Prophetstown, and Urbana, as well as Williamsport, Indiana.

 

By : Phil Stewart /July 22, 2016 /About Us, Agriculture, Birkey's, Case IH, Illinois, Press Releases /4 Comments Read More

Birkey’s Earns Pinnacle Excellence Status

Birkey's Pinnacle

Seven Dealerships Recognized Across North America; Six Were Birkey’s

Birkey’s Farm Store, Inc., has been recognized by Case IH for achieving Pinnacle excellence recognition in ALL areas of our business (Sales, Marketing, Operations, Parts, Service, AFS). Only seven dealerships out of 548 across North America completed the assessments and earned Pinnacle excellence status. Birkey’s accounted for six of the seven dealerships recognized by the Pinnacle Program for 2015. Birkey’s locations earning Pinnacle excellence status were Gibson City, Henry, Hoopeston, Oakland, Prophetstown, and Urbana, IL.

 

The Pinnacle Excellence Program is a company-wide program developed cooperatively by Case IH and the Case IH Dealer Advisory Board to help dealers deliver a best-in-class experience in today’s constantly changing agriculture landscape. Pinnacle recognizes dealerships for achievement in the key areas identified as important to success by both dealers and Case IH.

  • Identify best-in-class dealership business practices and benchmarks.
  • Measure dealerships’ ability to meet or exceed benchmarks.
  • Drive highly competitive, customer-centric, dealer-level improvements.

 

For example, to be recognized in the Operations component of Pinnacle, forward-looking dealers focus on leadership and team development, process improvement and optimum financial performance. A Pinnacle dealership demonstrates strong business planning and financial performance; a commitment to a well-organized work environment; a focus on professional development; a commitment to innovative technology; and an ability to offer rewarding customer experiences.

 

By : Phil Stewart /July 12, 2016 /About Us, Agriculture, Articles, Birkey's, Press Releases /0 Comment Read More

2016 Combine Clinic Schedule

2016 Combine Clinic Schedule

BE READY this harvest with a FREE combine clinic!

Attend a Combine Clinic at Birkey’s

A crucial part of a successful harvest is equipment powered by genuine Case IH parts and service. Let Birkey’s help you achieve that success by attending  a free Case IH Combine Equipment Productivity Clinic. Find out how genuine Case IH parts and service and a combine service inspection can save money and time at harvest. Learn about our wide selection of Combine Product Support Kits – the best way to increase your combine’s productivity.

Join us for useful information and the chance to talk one-on-one with our combine technicians about your equipment.

What you’ll learn:

  • Get tips on inspections
  • Make sure you’re doing proper routine maintenance
  • Review operational adjustments and productivity tips
  • Learn about our product update and support kits
  • Find out about new harvesting support products
  • Review off-season storage tips

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By : Phil Stewart /July 01, 2016 /Agriculture, Birkey's, Case IH, Clinics /0 Comment Read More